Saturday 16 December 2017

making the difference

Rte1, 7.30pm

Roisin Ni Thomain continues to profile Irish women who helped to shape the world of science by focusing on the achievements of Kathleen Lonsdale, whose pioneering work in the field of X-ray crystallography made her one of the most important chemists of the 20th century. Throughout her life she also worked tirelessly for various causes, including peace, penal reform and the social responsibility of science.


Royal Marines Commando School

channel 4, 9pm

The raw recruits take the next step in their training and there are challenging new lessons at every turn. If they can make it through three more weeks, their families will receive invitations to witness their progress and they will be allowed to go home for the first time since the programme began. Callum Bond (18) faces a bewildering array of tasks in an effort to 
transform himself from boy to soldier, and 31-year-old Magnus Frykman struggles to cope with everything while missing his family.

ragged edges

clothes to die for

bbc2, 9pm

In April last year, the Rana Plaza factory building in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka collapsed - leaving more than 1,100 dead and around 2,500 injured. In this documentary for the This World strand, some of the survivors reveal how they escaped, with many rescued by locals who risked their lives crawling into the rubble to save them. The film also investigates the incredible growth of the Bangladeshi 
garment industry as well as claims that greed and high-level corruption were partly 
responsible for the tragedy.

bishop goes bananas

john bishop's australia

bbc1, 9pm

The comic pedals his way deep into tropical Australia, where he takes on an exhausting military test and rides a different type of bike to the one he's become used to as he goes motorcycling with Vietnam veterans. He also gets dirty down under while working on a banana farm, before the trip concludes with a breathtaking visit to the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree rainforest and a surprising personal twist. Last in the series.

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